You could argue that we don’t see an awful lot of either of these qualities these days – and when we do, it’s at the wrong time or in the wrong context: we compromise when we should be committed, and we remain committed when we should compromise! It needs a great deal of wisdom to decide correctly when we should commit or when we should compromise.
How often have you heard someone say something like: “I’ll be there,” which is a commitment; but later you hear: “sorry I couldn’t make it, but something else came up,” which was a compromise? Of course, at face value, without knowing all the circumstances and variables, you cannot know whether the best option was to keep the commitment or to make the compromise. It might have been a commitment to meet someone for a coffee, but you had to compromise as a relative was taken into hospital with a serious injury; or it might have been a commitment to give a sick relative a lift to the hospital, but you compromised because a friend wanted to take you fishing!
In both the above scenarios, it’s relatively easy to guess what was the most appropriate course of action, but it’s not always that easy, or that obvious! The most important thing is that you remain committed, and don’t compromise, your values. If you value reliability, then don’t compromise by letting people down; if you value honesty, and you realise that you have made a commitment to do something that you later find is dishonest then you have to compromise by withdrawing your original commitment.
Your manual for life – the Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth (the Bible) – teaches you that if you:
commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
Let’s face it, we all want our plans to succeed, don’t we? Well, whether you have a faith in God or not, don’t you think it might be worth trying? After all, a book that’s still a world best-seller, year after year, at least 2,000 years after it was written has got to be worth reading, hasn’t it? It has been described as the world’s best coaching manual for life. It says, make a commitment – it doesn’t say compromise your actions, and your plans will succeed – make a commitment to God, and your plans will succeed.
And that’s probably the most important commitment you can make – a commitment to God. But as the title says, commitment and compromise don’t mix. If you make a commitment – or if you already have made a commitment to God – don’t compromise! Don’t compromise your commitment to God; don’t compromise your faith; commit to God, and your plans will succeed. Make compromises in order to fulfil your commitment to God, but don’t compromise your commitment to God!
If you haven’t already made a commitment to God, and you want to know more, we would love to hear from you.